NOV 11, 2015 1:30 PM PST

Improving Diagnostic Testing and Interpretation of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Speakers
  • Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the Division of Nephrology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
    Biography
      Dr. Martin is Director of the Division of Nephrology at Saint Louis University and Professor of Internal Medicine. He has served as Chairman of the General Medicine B Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Martin's clinical research interests include parathyroid hormone, Vitamin D metabolism and secondary hyperthyroidism. He has authored 230 publications in professional journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Kidney International, and The American Journal of Kidney Diseases and Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
    • Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Director of Nephrology Research at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago
      Biography
        Dr. Sprague is Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Director of Nephrology Research at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. USA. His clinical focus includes chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal failure, chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disease, hyperparathyroidism, and osteoporosis in chronic kidney disease.

      Abstract

      Diagnosis and management of CKD requires a spectrum of diagnostic tests to not only diagnose kidney function but also determine the status of other complications due to CKD, including creatinine, BUN, phosphorous, calcium, intact PTH, vitamin D, cystatin C, urinary albumin, urinalysis, EPO, and cardiac markers. In order to best assist physicians in the management of CKD, it is important that the laboratory is well versed in the specific tests used, improvements made to tests over time, and opportunities for improvement. Clinicians should know how to use tests appropriately in patient treatment across the continuum of CKD care.

      Learning Objectives 

      1. Understand improvements in CKD diagnostic testing and also examine other opportunities for analytical improvement focusing on the measurement of PTH, vitamin D compounds, and bone markers. 
      2. Review case studies demonstrating the clinical application of these tests for patient management across the spectrum of CKD and ESRD.

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